What is Arduino: Everything You Need to Know (In Video)

James Bruce 12-03-2014

What is an Arduino and why should you care? In this video, I attempt to answer that question, and more. If you’re an absolute beginner to Arduino, or are just curious about the magical device everyone is raving about, you should watch this. Seriously. Watch it.


It’s quite a long video, so here’s what you can expect to find:

Don’t forget to check out all our other Arduino tutorials too!

Video posts are quite a new thing for us, so your comments or suggestions are welcome – and if there’s a specific Arduino topic you’d like us to make a video about, let us know!

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  1. bilal
    August 25, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hi can you please tell me if I am making some kind of circuit of led and I have to make a loop like first Led pin 1 lit up than 2 lit up then 3 lit up then 4 lit up then 5 will be litup and led 4 will go off then 5 will go off and 4 will lit up on same sequence

  2. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I've been looking at a "beginner's" option for electronics for my 2 grandsons (7 and 9) for about a month, and Arduino was suggested. After some research, I thought that Snap Circuits may be better for their age, with help from grandpa, of course. I spent my career in IT, mostly in big iron, starting as an assembly language programmer and moving into management at a large oil company. Arduino began to impress me as a possible retirement hobby. Never got into hardware after college. This is the best tutorial I have seen since I started investigating Arduino.
    Definitely has convinced me to get a starter kit for myself. My quadcopters (other new retirement hobby) should be shaking on their shelves!

    Thank you for an excellent tutorial, clear and concise production, and resulting motivation!

    Mark Sherman

  3. Richard Baum
    January 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Informative. Helpful. Well worth the time spent and I read the supporting material. Thanks for taking the time to make the video. I, too, am jazzed.
    Richard Baum

  4. James Caister
    March 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Great video - I am fired up to try Arduino out

  5. Loggitt
    March 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Dude, get a manicure! Sheesh!!

    • James B
      March 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

      But then what would I have to nibble on?

  6. Dean Karr
    March 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    One thing you need to remember- some of us pay per Gigabit for our data plans and watch very few videos. Please make transcripts available for us.

    • James B
      March 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

      This was a video version summarising existing text articles, so you're probably better of looking at those instead. Thanks for the feedback though!

  7. Anonymous
    March 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I enjoyed the video and found it informative. However, the background music was disruptive to me. Also, would have liked to see the program in action, i.e. show the LED blinking on and off. Thanks for making and sharing this video.

    • robert woodliff
      March 17, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Music is a bugbear on vids , when you want to hear the detail . This guy , James , is not too bad . But if you want to be very exercised " The Ben Heck Show " " Everything You Need To Know About Arduino " has a full school disco in the next room , with a very thin wall & a lot of detail that could do with listening too .

  8. Sherrie Ludwig
    March 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Because I live in a rural area of the USA, the best available DSL (for which I pay dearly) is barely above dial-up speed. A minute-long video will take 10-30 minutes or more to load, and so I generally avoid them.

  9. mike
    March 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Nice video. Thanks for info